Flat Lay Photos: Pictures of Flatlays

Flatlay photography is an easy and creative way to showcase groups of products, give a stunning snapshot of a work space, or just showcase thematic elements in an aesthetically rich way.

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fruit and veggie cirlces angle view

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Angle View

knife coffee compass

Knife Coffee Compass

hanukkah doni

Hanukkah Doni

phone flatlay product photography

Phone Flatlay Product Photography

wilting flowers in opposite corners

Wilting Flowers In Opposite Corners

a flatlay of packages on white table

A Flatlay Of Packages On White Table

film camera on pink background

Film Camera On Pink Background

snow white flatlay

Snow White Flatlay

silver tray with christmas decorations

Silver Tray With Christmas Decorations

peppers and other vegetables flatlay

Peppers And Other Vegetables Flatlay

reading doing fingernails

Reading Doing Fingernails

pliers & saw

Pliers & Saw

holiday gift wrapping flatlay knolling

Holiday Gift Wrapping Flatlay Knolling

gold spoons in a row filled with loose leaf tea

Gold Spoons In A Row Filled With Loose Leaf Tea

backpack with books a map and tech falling out of it

Backpack With Books A Map And Tech Falling Out Of It

open book and burnt pages on white sheet

Open Book And Burnt Pages On White Sheet

dark wooden table with notebooks a leaf and a yellow pen

Dark Wooden Table With Notebooks A Leaf And A Yellow Pen

desktop with notebook surrounded by stationary

Desktop With Notebook Surrounded By Stationary

flowers on white marble table

Flowers On White Marble Table

pink and red cupcakes on a white background

Pink And Red Cupcakes On A White Background

flatlay of coffee and computer on wooden surface

Flatlay Of Coffee And Computer On Wooden Surface

a pocket watch laying on a black and orange background

A Pocket Watch Laying On A Black And Orange Background

fancy finger nails

Fancy Finger Nails

sewing and crafting flaltay

Sewing And Crafting Flaltay

flatlay of colorful candy easter eggs

Flatlay Of Colorful Candy Easter Eggs

healthy flatlay featuring celery

Healthy Flatlay Featuring Celery

camera lens detail closeup

Camera Lens Detail Closeup

loose leaf tea brewed on purple

Loose Leaf Tea Brewed On Purple

bright present

Bright Present

merry christmas spelled out in gold letters

Merry Christmas Spelled Out In Gold Letters

two sets of barber scissors

Two Sets Of Barber Scissors

tiles read self love club next to a pink flower

Tiles Read Self Love Club Next To A Pink Flower

flatlay of a camera surrounded by camera equipment

Flatlay Of A Camera Surrounded By Camera Equipment

yoga mat flatlay with laptop and water bottle

Yoga Mat Flatlay With Laptop And Water Bottle

campers hiking kit

Campers Hiking Kit

breakfast in white crisp bed sheets

Breakfast In White Crisp Bed Sheets

brown package labels

Brown Package Labels

gold tree holiday lights

Gold Tree Holiday Lights

automotive wrecking yard aerial

Automotive Wrecking Yard Aerial

tea cup and teaspoon

Tea Cup And Teaspoon

a toast to yourself

A Toast To Yourself

outdoor dessert table with macarons and cake

Outdoor Dessert Table With Macarons And Cake

halloween candy and decor on black

Halloween Candy And Decor On Black

back to school with pencils

Back To School With Pencils

bingo game flatlay

Bingo Game Flatlay

top made of pearls on a pink background

Top Made Of Pearls On A Pink Background

flay lay of gifts string lights and a bottle

Flay Lay Of Gifts String Lights And A Bottle

mobile phone with the words inspire on screen

Mobile Phone With The Words Inspire on Screen

avocado toast and toppings flat

Avocado Toast And Toppings Flat

colorful candy eggs against a white background

Colorful Candy Eggs Against A White Background

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Tips for Your own flatlay photography

What makes this type of photography so popular is not just the look of the photography style, but that it’s relatively easy to do. Generally you don’t need to be a professional photographer to take a great flatlay image - an iPhone camera and good lighting will do!

Feel free to browse our database of flatlay images or check our tips below for creating your own beautiful pictures.

Shoot for a single color palette

Generally speaking - it’s best to select a colour pallette of about 2-3 unifying colours and work around those colors with varying patterns and textures. Having a predetermined pallette will help to unify the composition of the image and direct the mood of the piece. For example - object in navy blue and deep red will usually give the image a more somber feel to it whereas bright pinks and purples will make the image a bit more playful.

You’ll also want to make sure you use a neutral background colour as well. Most flatlay pictures use a white background, but feel free to experiment with black, grey or more muted wood tones as well. A neutral background colour will make the foreground items stand-out, complimenting the items and focusing your audience's attention towards your subjects.

Let the composition of your pictures tell a story

It’s important to consider the concept of narrative in composing flat-lay photographs. You may want to think of a “theme” before you begin and then select objects that work around this theme. For example - if your theme is “Cluttered Office” - you might choose to use objects like pens, notebooks and coffee cups. If your theme is “Brunch Time” - you might include items like toasted bagels and sparkling mimosas. Let your image tell a story through objects surrounding a common theme.

Experiment with Space and Lighting

Not all flatlay images are built the same. For some - a cluttered workspace might convey a sense of chaos to the audience while a more sparse use of objects with more negative space might give the viewer a sense of calming isolation.

With regards to lighting - it’s generally best to use calm, overhead lighting. You don’t want your lights to be too bright however, as this can wash-out some of the beauty of your colours and create jarring, odd shadows.

Natural light works best as well - especially in the morning when the sun has risen but is not yet in full force. If you’re looking for a more neutral, balanced lighting design, try going out on a day that’s a little bit cloudy to get a soft-light effect.